Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mark 11:1-10 comment: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

1 ¶ And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, 2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

He is going to fulfill Scripture here.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

We’ve discussed “and” previously as a word that links synonymous words or phrases in the Bible. Here, in Zechariah, the ass is further defined as a colt, the foal of an ass. Christ is not trying to straddle two animals although if you don't read the account in Matthew 21 with some common sense you might confuse yourself.

This represents the first Advent of Christ. Now in the next verse comes the second Advent;

Zechariah 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

This creature represents mankind.

Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.

He is now going to make a public statement by His actions. He is in the last week of His life on earth before the crucifixion. Here is the prophecy from Daniel.

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

The Messiah will be cut off, which means killed. So, here, five hundred years before Christ we have a prophecy of the death of Jesus, executed by the Romans. Then, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the armies of the future emperor, Titus, under his father, the Emperor Vespasian, in 70AD is foretold.

3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. 4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

Here is a lost man in type, tied up outside at a place where two ways meet, a crossroads.

Luke gives you another perspective on this;

Luke 19:30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

You, unsaved man, are a jackass that needs to be loosed and rode by Christ. No one has ever ruled over you as you are your own god, serving Satan’s purposes by your actions and thoughts, but all the while thinking of yourself as a god.

Other men loose you, giving you the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Christ takes possession. Otherwise, you are bound for Hell.

5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

Satan would have many Fundamentalists believe “that cometh in the name of the Lord” should be removed from verse 10 in their modern (per)versions.

Jesus Christ is being publicly hailed as a king by the Jews. Of course, later, they also will cry out to crucify Him. But, here they fulfill Scripture mentioned earlier.

Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

If the people didn’t shout as it calls for in Zechariah 9:9 then the stones would shout. The Scripture cannot be broken.

(It’s rather odd how stones are said to be a witness between two parties making a covenant. See Genesis 31:44-49 and Joshua 22:26-34 on the testimony of stones whom one Bible commentator conjectured might record sounds so they would be a testimony in more than a symbolic way. Some rocks do make sounds when struck depending on what they’re made of and I haven’t found a satisfying scientific explanation for it so I don't have a lot of information on it.)

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Isaiah 40:9 ¶ O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

Zephaniah 3:14 ¶ Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

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